England host Germany at Wembley Stadium this evening, Tuesday, November 19 and one player expected to make a starring role - Andros Townsend - has been dismissed due to his inexperience by a former Liverpool mainstay who has experience both in the Bundesliga and the Premier League.
A Champions League winner in 2005, Dietmar Hamann believes there is a fundamental difference between the two nations as the German players are there on merit, after years of strong performances whereas, in contrast, England have a dearth of quality which thus allows forwards like Townsend to break into the squad on the basis of a few months of form following years of journeyman loan moves.
'With Germany, if you get your chance to play in the national team at the moment you’re in on merit,' began Hamann, as quoted by The Express. 'With England in recent months and years, that has not always been the case. You don’t seem to need to have had many good games for your club to get a go.'
He added: 'We’ve seen that with Townsend, who only made his international debut a month or so ago. He has been on loan at nine different clubs – and yet he is being hailed as England’s new saviour.'
While Hamann may not acknowledge the potential threat posed by Townsend, the Englishman's potency has been picked up by the national team manager Joachim Low, who is quoted by The Independent to have said: 'Andros Townsend is very quick and dynamic, and they have impressive wide players.'
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